Gina Cook

Metro to End Saturday Parking Fees

Metro is bringing back free parking on Saturdays.

Last February, the transit agency began charging riders who parked at stations a $2 fee on Saturdays as part of a pilot program.

Metro said in a news release Thursday it would restore free parking this weekend in response to customer feedback.

Riders who use Metrorail will park for free on Saturday, with the exception of designated regional or special events. During large-scale regional events such as Fourth of July, a Presidential Inauguration, marches or other events that draw large crowds Metro may still charge for parking on weekends or federal holidays under a new policy approved by Metro’s Board of Directors effective this year.

Weekday parking fees and hours implemented during the pilot period will become permanent. This includes a reduced $3 parking rate at the West Falls Church and Landover Metrorail stations to encourage ridership.

Parking fees will be collected during the following hours:

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

People who park at Metro facilities but do not use the Metrorail system are charged a higher “non-rider fee,” ranging from $8.70 to $10, at the following stations: Branch Ave, Greenbelt, Suitland, Huntington, Dunn Loring, Minnesota Ave, New Carrollton, Franconia-Springfield, Largo Town Center, Rhode Island Ave, Rockville, Twinbrook and White Flint.

Metro said it may expand the use of "non-rider fees" in the future.

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